21 Nov 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:16 am on 21 November 2012

Wednesday's headlines: Christchurch property valuation figures outdated; TVNZ to screen quieter television advertisements from Sunday; burglaries in Waikato up 20% on last year.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the introduction of quieter television advertisements from 1 January. The paper reports all New Zealand television networks will tone down their shouting commercials in response to viewer complaints. TVNZ will adopt the new standards from Sunday.

The paper also reports police on Tuesday night were speaking to a man over the abduction of a boy outside his Timaru primary school last week.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the headline 'Here come the burglars'. Holidaymakers are being warned to lock their windows and doors as burglars start eyeing potential targets.

But the burglary season has started early in Hamilton, with the number of break-ins jumping in October. And with Waikato battling an increase of almost 20% in burglaries in the last financial year, police are pleading with people not to leave themselves prey to opportunistic burglars.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the demotion of MP David Cunliffe from the Labour Cabinet to an unranked slot on the back bench.

Labour Leader David Shearer emerged from a crisis caucus meeting on Tuesday afternoon with unanimous support from his colleagues after putting paid to the risk of a leadership challenge.

Mr Shearer said that while he no longer trusts Mr Cunliffe, it is possible 'there is a road back for him'.

The Press

The Press reports some Christchurch homeowners may be paying 10% too much in rates because of outdated and skewed valuation figures.

Christchurch City Council is required to revalue all properties in the city every three years, but because of the quakes the 2010 valuations were never completed. And the Council may be breathing the freshest office air in the city, but it comes at a cost. The council spends $48,000 per year on the 2445 plants in its civic offices in Hereford St - equating to two plants for each employee.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says plans for a 28-storey waterfront hotel towering over Dunedin have been dealt a blow by a Dunedin City Council report that criticises the design and recommends resource consent be declined.

Students from Otago University are mourning the death of a popular dentistry lecturer. Dr Li Hong He was struck by a stock truck in central Dunedin while cycling on Monday.